With the pilot episode of “Gotham” debuting tonight on Fox, the show’s executive producer Bruno Heller has been doing the final batch of publicity rounds regarding the show.
In a new interview with CBR, he was asked about crossover potential with other shows in the DC Comics universe like “Arrow,” “The Flash” and “Constantine”. He says:
“We’ll see as we roll on. Precise tone is the important thing in establishing a series, but then you have to see what other shows live in the same universe. Would it be weird if they met up? It’s fun for the audience to see that clash, but actually doing it is scary. I hope we do at some point. That’s the beautiful thing about being inside the DC Universe, but we’ll wait and see what pops and what doesn’t.”
Heller also confirmed to Digital Spy that he wants to get the show ‘up and running’ before introducing The Joker. He also says don’t expect to see any of the villain’s iconic costumes:
“There are certain villains that can and do precede Batman. There are others that don’t, and we’ll play with that. Generally speaking, we won’t go to the full theatrical, spandex costume aspect of the villains – the fully-fledged villains – because it’s almost not consistent with this world.
The Joker didn’t think of his shtick all by himself. There must have been someone before who The Joker saw and thought, ‘Oh, that’s a good shtick. I could work with that and make it better.’ It’s the same with Batman. There must have been other vigilantes before him who didn’t pull off such a good act.
We’ll play around with those ideas in Gotham. We’re going to wait and get the show up and running [before we meet the real Joker]. We want to get the story right and we want to be tonally right – and then we’ll start thinking about how to bring him in.
We will certainly try to surprise people, and maybe even trick people. It’s one of those expectations that everyone will be waiting for, so you can’t just present the guy with a big smile and start telling the story. Not that that would be dull, but that’s one of those opportunities to really start playing with this.”
He also confirms that the casting of David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne was the hardest piece of casting to setup, but the result is “Bruce Wayne will certainly play a much larger part in the show than we had initially thought, just because we have that opportunity” says Heller.
He confirms the show will address how Bruce Wayne ended up as Batman, and he would like to see the series end with that transformation.